By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:
Former Nigeria international defender Nduka Ugbade has said that the Super Eagles can go all the way to the final of the World Cup in Russia if the team show a high level of unity and commitment, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
“The present Super Eagles may not have world class players but they have youthfulness, energy, pace and commitment to make up and take the World Cup by storm going all the way. These boys are hungry for success and I believe that hunger will see them go far,” Ugbade, who captained the Golden Eaglets to the first FIFA U-17 World Cup title in 1985, told CSN.
“Honestly, I see this set of Eagles surpassing expectations in Russia if there is unity in the team and the players give it their all. The youthfulness, energy and speed of the Eagles will be their biggest assets in Russia.”
Ugbade, who also assisted Manu Garba as a coach to win the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2013, said coach Gernot Rohr faces selection dilemma in picking the right players who will do Nigeria proud in Russia, adding that Rohr must get his selection right to excel at the World Cup.
Ugbade also feels that the Super Eagles must play their hearts out to win their opening game against Croatia to make their qualification easy but a loss will make things very difficult to progress.